Jeremiah 10:19 – Woe to me because of my injury! My wound is incurable! Yet I said to myself, “This is my sickness, and I must endure it.”
You keep your head bent toward the ground watching for any obstacles that may be in front of us. The only problem is, if you keep your head bend down, it will put extra pressure on your neck which in turn, can bring about pain in your neck.
So, you try to keep your head up when you miss a crack in the sidewalk and down you go anyway.
Living with chronic pain is not only difficult but feels like it’s impossible to live with. You aren’t really living if you feel you need to be hyper vigilant all day. Much stress builds up in our muscles and in our emotions.
How do we balance everything?
One way to do so is to be aware of your surroundings. Know where the cracks in the sidewalk or uneven surfaces lie. This way you can create a road map in a sense of your surroundings.
Another way to do so, is to try not to walk at night. Darkness can hide dangers that may be in front of you. If you must go out, carry a flashlight with you for areas where streetlights don’t show the way.
Become, also, a student of your body. If you’re having a bad pain day or vertigo is on the loose, don’t take a walk. Having a dog may bring with its dangers. It may be a good idea to just let your dog only go to the end of the leash while you stand in the doorway.
Pay attention to the weather. If it’s raining or has recently rained, be aware that your path may be slippery. It may be a good day to stay indoors unless you absolutely must go out.
Outsideonline.com posts the article, “Your Fear of Reinjury Could get you Hurt Again,” and talks about how the fear of re-injury can keep you from returning to a sport or activity. It can even affect the things you do at home. Many want to write off this fear as being all in your head, but it can affect how your body heals. Fear and anxiety can affect motivation, confidence, and body mechanics, even in patients who have made a full recovery. This can lead to self-limiting behaviors. Evaluating and treating emotional trauma while healing goes a long way.
It’s important to be aware of your limitations, but it’s also important to continue to use a pre-injured part of your body.
Look at the Bible verse above, the writer had a wound they thought was incurable and resigned themselves to believing they must just endure it. Some wounds and illnesses are incurable. But not trying may lead to something to just endure and not to recovering from it. Talk to God about your fears and ask for wisdom on when and how you can go back to normal living.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.